MARCH 2024 Newsletter

A very Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all Defenders.  The following addresses are on this month’s list.  If additional Landmark items come up for March, we will email everyone.

1000 Fifth Avenue

1 East 70th Street

18 East 74th Street

15-17 East 77th Street

944 Park Avenue

61 East 77th Street

19 East 74th Street

128 East 64th Street

1259 Madison Avenue

828-850 Madison Avenue

The link to the Community Board 8 Landmarks Committee on March 18, 2024 is https://forms.gle/QcxuMbSJMDbafBZYA The agenda is attached.

The items are:

1000 Fifth Avenue: Metropolitan Museum of Art (Individual Landmark)

A Beaux-Arts style building designed by numerous architects, chiefly, Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould, who designed the initial Ruskinian Gothic structure of the MET and constructed in the 1880s. Application is for a Wing J Roof replacement in the Ancient Near East Gallery.

1 East 70th Street: The Frick Collection (Individual Landmark) 

A French Louis XVI architecture style building designed by Carrere & Hastings and constructed in 1913, the museum galleries designed by John Russell Pope and constructed in 1935, and the reception hall, garden, and surrounding walls designed by Bayley, Van Dyke, and Poehler in 1975. Application is for the installation of exterior informational and identification signage.

18 East 74th Street (Upper East Side Historic District)

A Neo-Italian Renaissance building constructed 1871, with a new façade designed by A. Wallace McCrea and constructed in 1921. Application is to change the façade finish to cast stone from existing exterior insulation finishing systems.

15-17 East 77th Street (Upper East Side Historic District)

A Neo-Grec style building designed by John G. Prague and constructed in 1878. Application is for modifications to the front areaways, replacement of the front windows, excavation at cellar and rear yard, a new rooftop addition, and modifications and addition to the rear facades.

944 Park Avenue (Park Avenue Historic District) 

An Art Deco style building designed by George F. Pelham and constructed in 1929-30. Application is for a sidewalk canopy replacement.

61 East 77th Street (Upper East Side Historic District)

A Neo-Federal style building with Beaux-Arts style features designed by Harde and Hasselman and constructed in 1916. Application is to replace the existing front stoop to remove a step at the entry door and add a step to the outer steps to the sidewalk, replace the existing entry doors with touch pad-activated doors complying with ADA requirements, provide a walkway over a former window areaway behind an existing fence, and provide an ADA handicap lift at the east end of this areaway.

Additional addresses are on this month’s list.

15-17 East 77th Street

1 East 70th Street

18 East 74th Street

The following items will be heard at the Landmarks Preservation Commission, (212-669-7855) 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, Manhattan, on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 and also by teleconference.

The Upper East Side Items are:

15-17 East 77th Street  – Upper East Side Historic District

A neo-Grec style rowhouse (#15) designed by John G. Prague and built in 1878, and altered by Robert W. Gibson in 1895, and a neo-Grec style rowhouse (#17) designed by John G. Prague and built in 1878, and altered in 1952.  Application is to modify the front areaways and install fencing, replace windows, construct rooftop and rear yard additions, and excavate the basements and rear yards.

1 East 70th Street – The Frick Collection – Upper East Side Historic District

A French Louis XVI style mansion designed by Carrere & Hastings and built in 1913-14, and altered by John Russell Pope in 1931-35; an Italian Renaissance Revival style art reference library designed by John Russell Pope and built in 1931-35; a Beaux-Arts style reception hall addition designed by Bayley, Ban Dyke, and Poehler and built in 1977; and a viewing garden designed by Russell Page and built in 1977.  Application is to install signage and lighting.

18 East 74th Street – Upper East Side Historic District

A rowhouse built c. 1871, altered in the neo-Italian Renaissance style by A. Wallace McCrea in 1921, and altered again with a two-story streetwall addition constructed c. 1980.  Application is to reclad the front façade of the streetwall addition.

Landmark Preservation Commission Actions February, 2024

19 East 74th Street – Upper East Side Historic District

An Italianate style residence built c.1869 and altered by Schwartz & Gross in 1930.  Application is to modify window openings at the rear façade.

This application was approved.

18 East 74th Street – Upper East Side Historic District

A rowhouse built c. 1871 altered in the neo-Italian Renaissance style by A. Wallace McCrea in 1921, and again with a two-story addition constructed c, 1980.  Application is to reclad the front façade of the rooftop addition.

This application was postponed to a later date.

128 East 64th Street  – Upper East Side Historic District

A neo-Grec style rowhouse with classical details, designed by James E. Ware and built in 1878.  Application is to modify a masonry opening.

This application was approved.

1295 Madison Avenue – Expanded Carnegie Hill Historic District

A neo-Renaissance style hotel building designed by Louis Korn and built in 1899-1900.  Application is to legalize the installation of signage without Landmarks Preservation Commission permit(s).

This application was approved with modifications.

828-850 Madison Avenue – Upper East Side Historic District

A Neo-Renaissance style hotel building designed by George F. Pelham and built in 1925-26.  Application is to install storefront infill and signage.

This application was approved.


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